Salary for Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Also known as:  Assistant Paralegal, Legal Aide, Legal Assistant, Paralegal, Summer Associate, Summer Law Clerk helps law and public safety professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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The work of paralegals and legal assistants consists of organzing law office activity, preparing materials, exhibits, and data for trial, calling upon witnesses to testify at hearings, researching relevant cases and laws, filing pleadings with court clerks, and participating in meetings between attorneys and clients in order to learn the details of a case. These professionals generally have some college, and may often have specialized training, although they may not have degrees.

A Paralegal or Legal Assistant will usually earn average salaries somewhere between 32000 to 48000 depending on education and tenure levels. Paralegals and Legal Assistants can expect an average salary of Forty Eight Thousand Nine Hundred dollars per annum.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants can get the highest pay in the District of Columbia, where they get average compensation of just about $64760. Employees with these jobs have the most lucrative average salary level in Utilities, where they earn average pay scales of $68070.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 17.72 percent nationwide in that time.
Paralegals and Legal Assistants tend to make the most in the following industries
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $68,070
Utilities $63,010
Information $62,450
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $61,280
Wholesale Trade $61,160
Manufacturing $61,010
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $47,770
Retail Trade $47,860
Health Care and Social Assistance $50,360
Other Services (except Public Administration) $50,550
Educational Services $52,430
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $53,390